Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011

Happy New Year!

Mom has been visiting all week, which means lots of shopping and cooking.  I'll recap everything that has happened but wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  May 2011 bring you much joy and happiness.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

White Christmas

DB and I had a wonderful Christmas, we spent a quiet day watching movies and the snow fall.  Yes, we had a white Christmas in Georgia this year.  

We got about an inch of snow, the kids in the neighborhood had a great time building snowmen and sliding down the hills.  I am not sure the pups enjoyed the snow all that much, each time they went out, they came back in quickly and snuggled back into the blankets.

The snow is still on the grass, plants and deck today and as it is not getting above freezing for the next couple of days.  I am hoping that DB and I can get up to the National Cemetery and get some pictures of the snow on the wreaths.


Christmas came a couple of days early this year, DB's wonderful parents gifted their 55 gallon saltwater fish tank to us.  Moving the tank took all day on the 23rd and after an extra trip to the exotic fish store for additional water, it is up and running.

In order to get the water from the bucket to the tank, DB had to suck on the tube, every now and again, he ended up with a mouth full of saltwater.
The tank also came with one clown fish... Nemo.  However, we learned that a single clown fish will become female, so Nemo is now Nemette. 
We are very excited to begin getting additional fish and a sea anemone for Nemette.   

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

After infecting the computer with some sort of virus... pictures and details will be coming tomorrow.  I hope everyone had the merriest of Christmas'. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 Days til Christmas

Three days until Christmas, hard to believe.  I finally finished my shopping with the exception of our annual tree ornament.  The pups got their annual Christmas haircut yesterday, they are looking quite festive in their snowman bandanna's.  It has been raining here for the past couple of days so we did not get to see the moon eclipse.  We tried but it was too cloudy. 

We tried a new recipe yesterday, homemade Butter Toffee with Chocolate & Sea Salt.  Not too bad, the first batch of chocolate was unsweetened and really tasted well gross!  Doodle made quite the face when he tried it.  I do not think we spread the toffee thin enough, but overall easy to make and tasty.  The recipe came from The Pioneer Woman. Try it you won't be disappointed.  

For someone that loves to take pictures, I have been sorely lacking lately but at least I am caught up on my sleep.  Doodle is not yet and I am trying to be quiet and not wake him... again! 

Three days people... get out there and SHOP.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

National Geographic Photo Contest

None of my submitted photos even made it to the website; but, after looking through the finalists and winners, I know why!  I will endeavor to keep trying.  

Here is the link National Geographic Photo Winners where you can view all the photos.

Winning photo:
Photo by Lim Boon Teck , Aaron

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Iconic Images from 2010

Yahoo has put out what they feel at the iconic images from the past year.  Here is the link to all the photos...  Iconic Images

Here are a couple that I really enjoyed and reminded me of all that happened this year.

Shrimp boats cleaning up the oil in the Gulf
Casket of Senator Robert C. Bryd  
 Flooding in Pakistan

Saturday, December 11, 2010


We finally got around to almost being completely finished with the Christmas decorations.  This year we have tried several new ideas, some we will keep for next year, some we will not... We tried the new LED lights on the tree, they give it a blueish tint... not keeping for next year.

Outside we decided to wrap presents and add real garland around the front door... we will keep this idea.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Greatest Invention Ever

The washer and dryer were successfully installed and let me just say THEY ARE GREAT!  

I absolutely love them and the clothes are so much cleaner, they smell nicer, the dryer takes all of 30 minutes to dry, compared to the 2 hours for our previous beast. 

Of course, it would be our luck that the bottom oven of our double oven now will not turn off.  We are having to flip the breaker each and every time we want to bake.  Looks like the next purchase will have to be a new oven.  Guess I get to go shopping again! 

Oh, I am not suppose to act excited... SSSShhhh do not tell Doodle!


It's official, one semester completed, I am now waiting on grades.  

In the past 16 weeks 
11 books have been read = 5000 pages read
3 research papers written = 45 pages of writing
Weekly questions answered = more words than I can count
Lack of normal sleep = thousands of gray hairs
Extra reading = at least one dead tree
Here are the binders of work from the semester.

Here are books, tabbed to make it easier to find stuff.  Only one problem with that theory, the tabbing got out of hand!

Looking forward to starting it all again in January. Books are already starting to arrive, with titillating titles such as "Globalization and its Discontents"!

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's Official

School officially ended yesterday.  Finals next week... The study guide for the class is twelve (12) pages... UGH!  
Happy Friday everyone and for those of you who need a reminder 22 days until Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

Happy December!  

A common British superstition is saying Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit before anything else in the morning on the first of each month.  Doing so, will result in good luck for the month.  I always say it but never really knew why... now we all know why!

If you need a reminder - there are now 24 days until Santa arrives.